9 Industry Stories You May Have Missed This Week

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Sara Bareilles on stepping into the role she spent four years writing.
The singer-songwriter behind “Waitress” took over the lead role two weeks ago. (New York Times)

The Olivier Awards conjure a record-breaking nine wins for “Harry Potter.”
At the April 9 awards, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” shattering the record for most statues ever presented to a theatrical production, winning nine accolades in total, including best new play. (Backstage)

John Cleese is returning to TV.
He’ll star in “Edith,” a six-part series about old flames who rekindle a romance. (BBC)

Wonder how showrunners are dealing with the current president?
Shonda Rhimes, Frank Pugliese, Melissa James Gibson, Barbara Hall, and David Mandel—all creators and writers of political shows—got together to discuss how to depict (or ignore) the country’s political situation. (New York Times)

The Oscars just changed their rules.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences just announced updates to their rules surrounding the documentary feature and animated feature categories. (The Hollywood Reporter)

Gucci’s latest campaign features black models exclusively.
Drawing inspiration from the 2016 “Made You Look” exhibit at the London’s Photographer’s Gallery, Malian portraitist Malick Sidibeì, and the underground Northern Soul movement in 1960s England, the pre-fall ’17 “Soul Scene” campaign is hopefully the start of a “seismic shift” in diversity when it comes to luxury fashion. (Refinery29)

Charlie Murphy has passed away.
The comedian, voiceover artist and brother of Charlie Murphy was battling leukemia. (New York Times)

Get ready to see a lot of Nicole Kidman at Cannes.
The actor has four projects at the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival. David Lynch will also be on hand as Netflix premieres two episodes of the “Twin Peaks” reboot. (Backstage)

“Friends” is getting the musical treatment.
Written by parody masters Bob and Tobly McSmith of “90210! The Musical!,” “Katdashians! The Musical!” and “Bayside! The Musical!,” “Friends! The Musical” the Triad Theater in New York this fall. (Huffington Post)

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